Junior Achievement of Greater Washington Inducts Local Visionaries

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JA) inducted the 2019 laureate class into the Washington Business Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual gala on December 4, 2019. Over $1.4 million was raised to support JA’s work to prepare young people to be future ready.

This year’s class of distinguished honorees was celebrated for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the quality of life in Greater Washington through the private sector economy.

The 2019 Washington Business Hall of Fame laureates included:

  • Marla Beck – Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Bluemercury, Inc.
  • Daniel A. D’Aniello – Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus, The Carlyle Group
  • Mike Daniels – Former Chairman & CEO, Network Solutions
  • Douglas Jemal – Founder & President, Douglas Development Corporation

Since its founding in 1988, more than 100 laureates have been inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame. Laureates are selected for consistently demonstrating excellence in business, visionary leadership, and an ongoing commitment to community engagement. Through their commitment to the Washington D.C. community, this year’s honorees demonstrate these attributes in every facet of their lives.

Chaired by Susan Lacz, Principal and CEO of Ridgewells, the 2019 Washington Business Hall of Fame Gala was presented by Capital One and Ridgewells, and supported by business partners, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Washington Business Journal.

“As we celebrate Junior Achievement’s 100th anniversary, it was our honor to recognize this year’s laureates who continue to serve as role models for the next generation of business leaders,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. “Their passion for excellence and steadfast commitment to this community is an inspiration to all of us and a lesson in leadership for Greater Washington’s future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.”

The 2019 laureates were honored at the Washington Business Hall of Fame black-tie gala and awards ceremony on December 4, 2019 at The Anthem in Washington D.C. The annual gala brings together more than 1,100 high-level D.C. luminaries representing the “who’s who” of Washington business.


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